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Does anyone know which brand bass body this is?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by WyBass, Oct 27, 2018.

  1. WyBass


    Oct 27, 2018
    hello guys,

    a week ago i had an awesome party, where i saved a body of a bass from combustion in the campfire (yes those people where drunk). the morning after, i got a good look at it, and i'm not really sure which brand it is. it really looks like a gibson EB bass or something in that direction. the weird thing is that is has really weird cutouts in it, something i've never seen. i'd like to restore it to working order, but i want some background info on it.

    Does anyone know which brand this is?
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    Last edited: Oct 28, 2018
  2. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    Probably a Teisco Tacoma/Silvertone

  3. RobTheRiot


    Aug 31, 2016
    las Vegas, nv
    ** Edit - looks like while I was typing the following diatribe, @SpazzTheBassist quickly & accurately answered your question.... feel free to skip this... ha!)

    To my non-expert eye, it looks like it’s probably an old Japanese bass, 70’s/60’s I’d guess, that had single coil pickups in large metal casings. That explains the bathtub sized p/u routes.

    The shape is reminiscent of a Burns style bass, with the rather hooked, pointed horns, which I’ve seen copied by Japanese companies at that time.

    I can’t pin a brand, because many Basses coming out of Japanese factories at that time had any number of different brand names stuck on the same model Bass.

    Because of the paint job & the somewhat ridiculous routing I’d guess it was probably a budget model, or possibly a step or 2 up, but I don’t think it looks like anything top of the line.

    Doesn’t it mean you can’t make a kicka@@ bass out of it with a little effort and care. If you do fix it up, please share the results with us!

    Good luck!
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  4. WyBass


    Oct 27, 2018
    Thank you! do you know a (web)shop where i can get some parts for it? or i have to make some stuff myself (pickguard etc.)
  5. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    +1 ^This
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  6. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    no clue but, hopefully, others should be around this thread that may know
  7. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Keep in mind that you can buy a whole one for under $500. They aren't exactly incredible players (to me).

    If it were me, I might do a "tribute" to the old ones but use a modern neck from Warmoth or similar. Maybe some modern pickups in a similar funky guard... and a modern bridge for sure.

    Spending hundreds to get original parts will lead you down a path to a mediocre bass not worth what you have in it.

    Short version: Use the body as a jumping off point for a parts bass of your own creation.
  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
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  9. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Personally, I would build a cool bass out of whatever rando parts I could find. eBay has a lot of weird parts, but a modern neck and electronics would be easier to find than originals. A complete Tiesco bass would probably be cheaper to buy than the parts to restore that.
  10. WyBass


    Oct 27, 2018
    yeah i can agree with that. maybe some kind of fender musicman/jazzbass mashup? i have some white pickguard material laying around and some jazz pickups. i think it would make it very unique. i think im going to keep the pickguard design of the teisco so i dont have to drill new holes.
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  11. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yeah I think a Jazz with that body would be a more usable bass.
  12. Sixgunn


    Jun 6, 2012
    Colorado Springs
    I don't wait 30 minutes after eating, to go swimming.
    Yep. Firewood. ;)
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  13. WyBass


    Oct 27, 2018
    Little question (again): what kind of neck should I put on the body, is it a shorty or is it possible to just screw a regular neck on it?
  14. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I don’t have the answer to that, but owing to my relentless searching for “bass neck,” this popped up as a recommendation for me just now.

  15. Rumbledore

    Rumbledore Banned

    Jun 2, 2018
    yea. same here.

    ...those typically, originally, had goofy 89-ply necks btw everyone
  16. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    I want to hear more about this party where people are burning musical instruments. :woot:
  17. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    That's a Japanese company called Teisco. They made cheap, beginner instruments under various brand names and sold many of them through Sears.

    Teisco - Wikipedia

    I had a bass with that EXACT, SAME BODY that someone gave me when I was in my 20's. It was total junk. Virtually unplayable because it was impossible to intonate properly and the neck was without doubt the slowest, most resistive neck I've ever experienced. The pickups sounded like poo. They were also somehow microphonic and would amplify sounds made when handling the bass and even room sounds. I eventually took it apart to see what was going on with it and I still have it sitting in a box somewhere right now.

    I doubt if you could even find original parts for it, and if you did, you'd end up with low quality pile of junk with zero monetary value that you would never play. If you really are dead set on making something of this, I could try to find the box with the pickups, neck, pickguard, hardware and etc... and send it to you. But, I think it's not worth it.
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  18. I took would like to know what kind of party had old musical instruments on the fire?
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  19. PDGood

    PDGood Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    There's always some excitement with the idea of bringing an old instrument back to life. Sadly, the body is the least expensive part. If you bought correct parts and a correct neck and then set it up and probably upgraded the keys and pickups so that it's useful, you'd have a lot of money invested. In this case, it wouldn't be worth the trouble for most of us. But if you just want the experience, we'll be glad to supply encouragement. And if you take pictures we'll all enjoy the process of watching it be rebuilt.
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  20. MCF


    Sep 1, 2014
    I have one. It was my first bass so I’ve kept it for sentimental reasons. It was an inexpensive Silvertone 1490 sold by Sears with some minor variations over the years in the pickup selector switches from about ‘68 to ‘72. It’s a 30” short scale. Mine works, but needs a new pick guard, bridge and neck shim. Ive looked into restoring it, but then I’d still never play it. It’s a plywood, pre-lawsuit era bass that never was all that great. It is nowhere near as nice as a new Squier Jaguar SS for example. Inexpensive basses today are far superior to those of that era.
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